Euthanasia And Assisted Suicide And Euthanasia

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Introduction: There are two forms in which a doctor can assist a patient in committing suicide. One, Doctor-assisted suicide and two, euthanasia. Physician-assisted suicide occurs when a physician facilitates a patient’s death by providing the necessary means and/or information to enable the patient to perform the life-ending act (American Medical Association, “Physician- Assisted Suicide”). This means the physician can provide resources such as sleeping pills and information about lethal doses, aware of the patient’s intent to commit suicide. On the other hand, there is euthanasia. The word Euthanasia is derived from a Greek word which translated means good or pleasant death (Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, “Euthanasia and assisted suicide”). Richard M. Friedenberg describes Euthanasia as the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or an irreversible coma (Friedenberg “Euthanasia” published in Radiology on July 10, 2001). Doctor or Physician-assisted suicide is not available to patients unless they are delivered a prognosis of six months or less. Skeptics believe that anyone can access these resources; however, this is incorrect. Doctor Assisted suicide for the terminally ill while is available in some states only offers minimal resources. The benefits to Doctor assisted suicide for the terminally ill are overwhelmingly supported. Doctor Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia for the terminally ill is something that all U.S states should adopt and practice. Research Question: Why are the benefits to Doctor Assisted Suicide for the terminally ill wrongfully overlooked, because of the inevitable conclusion that it brings? Purpose: The purpose of this project is to introduce Doctor Assisted suic... ... middle of paper ... ...l associations, this would expand on the knowledge they already have on Doctor Assisted Suicide for the terminally ill, and either change their opinion or further their reasoning for the stance they currently take. The main piece of knowledge that they would need to know more about is the overall benefits and how this life changing decision does more good than harm. Key Challenges: Some of the key challenges and concerns for this assignment will include finding credible sources to further my point. In the case of Doctor-Assisted Suicide, some of the main points made for the argument are emotion based and not factual. It is hard to end the life of an individual without involving the emotions of family members and ultimately that of the Physician. Another area of concern is not becoming narrow-minded on the stance I take and still being open to other areas of argument.

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